Do I have to provide certificates proving my language skills?
A self-assessment according to the Common European Framework of Reference will suffice if you can credibly demonstrate in your CV that you possess the required language skills. We may call you to assess whether your language skills are good enough to find your way around the host organisation and to participate in the events of the campus weeks. If available, you are welcome to provide international language certificates (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate) along with your CV.
What is a "science manager"?
Science managers work in higher education institutions, non-university research organisations or research funding organisations. More specifically, they work in administration, central departments, staff units, at the Dean’s office or at Chairs concerning third-party projects. In their function as central contact point, they render advice to scientists during the application phase and help them to find a suitable funding instrument. They develop strategies for the institution and accompany projects independently. They also handle the management of cooperation projects and organize and accompany administrative projects. In short: Science managers are service providers for scientists.
What is "middle administrative management level"?
With regard to the ERA Fellowship programme, the "middle administrative management level" means the level between the Executive Board and the performing level in a hierarchical organisation. Staff members from middle administrative management level communicate and break down information and policies from the executive board to lower management. They are usually responsible for, inter alia, the strategic management of groups and organizational subdivisions and are in charge of coordinating activities within a department or unit.
Are employees from other EU13 organisations also eligible?
The programme is primarily targeted at science managers from the middle administrative level from research organisations, research funding organisations or higher education institutions. In exceptional cases, employees from, e.g., cluster organisations may also be eligible provided that they otherwise fit the requirements and perform similar tasks. Employees from ministries or other authorities with no links to scientific practice are not eligible, however. Please contact us if in doubt.
Do I have to prove that I have been in the service of the same employer for at least three years?
No, the three years‘ work experience may have been acquired with different employers. It is essential, however, that you possess three years’ work experience altogether and that your current employer is a science organisation located in an EU13 state.